Prof. Dr. Reinhold Würth will be appointed Honorary Senator

A Young Tradition Is Being Continued – The University of Stuttgart Invites to Anniversary Celebrations

Last year, when the University of Stuttgart celebrated its 175th anniversary it invited guests for the first time in its history to attend the celebrations and thus established a tradition also cultivated by other universities. The new offer of a forum for the exchange of ideas between the University and the public and at the same time as festive platform for the bestowal of honors and distinctions met with great approval. This year, the anniversary celebrations will take place on Saturday, November 12. More than 600 invited guests from the worlds of science, politics, the industry and society are expected to attend. – Representatives of the media are cordially invited.

Time: Saturday, November 12, 4 p.m.
Place: city center, Keplerstrasse 17, auditorium 17.01


After words of welcome by the chairman of the university council, Prof. Berthold Leibinger, the representative of the Mittelbau, Dr. Dieter Leicht and the representative of the student body, Robert Jacobi, University dean Prof. Dieter Fritsch, responsible for the Institute of Photogrammetry, will discuss the issue "The Map in the Field of Tension between the Internet and Multimedia" in his lecture. Afterwards, personalities of outstanding merit will be honored. The anniversary celebration will be accompanied by the Academic Choir and Orchestra of the University of Stuttgart who will, after the reception, present excerpts from the Creation by Joseph Haydn in their concert at 7 p.m..


Prof. Dr. h.c. Reinhold Würth, chairman of the Advisory Board of the Würth Group, will be appointed Honorary Senator of the University of Stuttgart. Reinhold Würth, born in 1935, developed his father's screw wholesale business in Künzelsau into a globally operating trading company with more than 50,000 employees in 81 countries of the world. The industrialist, also a patron of the arts, highly appreciates the educational and research activities of the University of Stuttgart. Since 1996, he has been committed to basic research in the field of fastening technology at the University Institute of Material in the Building Industry. In his role as member of the advisory board of the Research Center Fastening Technology at said Institute, he initiates and promotes long-term and future-oriented research projects with the objective of developing the basics of innovative products that safeguard secure and economically efficient fastening and mounting. Seminars organized in cooperation with the University pave the way for further education and training of engineers and craftsmen.

Four highly reputed scientists will be given an honorary doctorate: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Dilger from the University of Calgary in Canada will be made an honorary doctor for his outstanding technical and scientific performance in the field of constructive civil engineering, principally for research into the structural behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete, the use in bridge engineering and his broad professional commitment. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Dilger, born in Maulbronn in 1934, studied civil engineering at the former Technical University of Stuttgart and did his doctor's degree there. A research assignment in Calgary originally scheduled for one year resulted in a successful career as professor of constructive civil engineering and bridge design at the newly founded university there with close ties to practical projects. The honor also includes his commitment to the exchange program between the two universities that has been existing for 26 years already.
One of the most prominent personalities in the field of solid state physics in Europe, Prof. Dr. Denis Jérome, will receive the honorary doctorate for his work in the field of organic conductors and superconductors. Denis Jérome (born 1939), member of the Solid State Physics Laboratory at the University of Paris-Sud in Orsay and Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), works in the field of correlated electronic systems. He has decisively influenced the area of organic conductors and supercconductors: he is one of the most highly reputed and important representatives of this innovative field of solid state research. The first proof of superconduction in organic crystals in 1979 secured him a place in all textbooks on solid state physics. Denis Jérome stays in closer contact to the University of Stuttgart than to any other university; it is here that organic material is examined by different teams of the Physics Institute.
Prof. Dr. Kurt Komarek, emeritus of the University of Vienna, will be given the honorary doctorate for his great contribution to the thermodynamics of solid and fluid mixed phases. The work of the chemist (born in 1926) who has already received many honors has made a decisive contribution to scientific research on an international level. His research is characterized by experimental development of basic information and theoretical work on atom distribution in solid and fluid mixed phases. Numerous international cooperation projects – among others with the Max Planck Institute of Metal Research in Stuttgart - prove the enormous commitment that he devotes to the field of science.
Prof. Egon Krause, Ph.D., emeritus of the Rheinisch-Westfälische Technical University Aachen, will receive the honorary doctorate for his outstanding services to fluid mechanics. His research covers both theory, experiments and numerical simulation. Among his many studies are works on turbulent boundary interfaces, supersonic and hypersonic flows, supersonic combustion as well as fluid-related problems of the internal combustion engine and medicine. As early as 1962 he started working on Computational Fluid Dynamics in the United States of America and continued his projects very successfully in Germany as one of the first German scientists.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Jan Koch, professor of machine tools and production engineering at Politechnika Wroclaw (Technical University of Breslau), will receive the medal of honor of the University of Stuttgart for his outstanding services to the scientific exchange between the two universities and the German-Polish friendship. Irrespective of political obstacles, Prof. Koch established contact with the University of Stuttgart already in 1978. It is thanks to his initiative that a cooperation agreement exists between the two universities that was signed in 1981. This intensive cooperation is characterized by the mutual exchange of scientists and by Prof. Koch's more than 25 years of lecturing in the field of machine tools at the University of Stuttgart.